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Lingering questions for all 32 NHL teams heading into training camp: Goaltending, lineup, injuries, more

But now that fall is officially set to begin on Thursday, it’s also time for training camps around the NHL to open, as we look ahead to opening night of the season on Oct. 11. To help get you ready for the next few weeks — as teams decide on which players make the roster, […]

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Fantasy hockey dynasty ranks: What will the NHL look like in 2027

Well, we know their age. We also know what kind of production they have put up in the past. But beyond those two criteria, we don’t really know a whole lot. We can certainly guess a lot. In January 2018, ESPN asked me to do the first one of these dynasty rankings. While I didn’t […]

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2022 Stanley Cup playoffs: New York Rangers-Tampa Bay Lightning Game 5 preview, X factors, prediction

“We’re one of three teams left here. You expect their best. You want their best. And we want to show we can beat the best,” Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba said. “We feel we’re an up-and-coming team. We’ve arrived. We want to play these games.” What’s the greater force: The Rangers’ home winning streak, which stands […]

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2022 Stanley Cup playoffs: How the Rangers-Lightning series got to 2-2, and what comes next

The Tampa Bay Lightning won Games 3 and 4 at home to knot up their Eastern Conference finals series against the New York Rangers at 2-2. They looked very much like a back-to-back Stanley Cup champion in doing so: controlling play, coming through in the clutch and getting superstar performances from winger Nikita Kucherov, center […]

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Short-handed New York Rangers expect to be ‘hungry and angrier’ on home ice after Game 4 loss

TAMPA, Fla. — The New York Rangers will be “angrier” heading back home after back-to-back losses to the Tampa Bay Lightning tied the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2, according to forward Artemi Panarin. “It makes us more hungry and angrier. Sometimes that’s good when you’ve lost. I think it’s just how we’ll react. I don’t […]

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New York Rangers seize Game 1 of Eastern Conference finals from ‘rusty’ Tampa Bay Lightning

NEW YORK — The New York Rangers entered Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals with their adrenaline still pumping from Monday’s Game 7 win at the Carolina Hurricanes. The Tampa Bay Lightning, in contrast, hit the ice for the first time since completing a sweep of the Florida Panthers way back on May 23. […]

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2022 Stanley Cup playoffs: Conference finals preview, matchups, predictions

The conference final round of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs is upon us. Sixteen teams entered the postseason tournament, but only four are left in the bracket, as the New York Rangers will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the East, and the Colorado Avalanche will square off against the Edmonton Oilers in the […]

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2022 Stanley Cup playoffs: X factors, predictions for New York Rangers-Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes are hosting the New York Rangers (8 p.m. ET Monday, ESPN), and the home team has won each game in this series. (In fact, the home team has won every game in which the Hurricanes have played this postseason, which has set an NHL record.) Will the trend continue? Or will the […]

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Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers secure spot in Eastern Conference finals with dominant Game 7 win

RALEIGH, N.C. — The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-2 in Game 7 on Monday night, advancing to the Eastern Conference finals to face the Tampa Bay Lightning. Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin made 36 saves for a second Game 7 win this postseason. “Obviously, our goaltender was once again our best player,” said […]

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Knowing that ‘we had to win,’ goaltender Igor Shesterkin leads New York Rangers in Game 6

NEW YORK — Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin did it all in Saturday’s Game 6 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Not only did he make 37 saves, he had as many assists as his opponents had goals at Madison Square Garden. “Tonight was an important game. We had to win, and that’s exactly what we did,” […]

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